Solar PV

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are a practical and reliable form of energy production that can significantly reduce your energy bills by thousands each year. The long-term savings of solar PV are second to none, making it one of the most practical renewable energy solutions to install and maintain. Homeowners, small businesses, and industrial environments alike can all benefit from advanced solar technology, reducing their carbon footprint in line with European targets while guaranteeing their energy supply at a fraction of the cost of traditional energy sources.

K Higgins Electrical & Solar PV is qualified to install both ground-mounted and rooftop solar PV panels tailored to different types of buildings and their unique energy requirements. Solar PV is ideal for new builds as well as existing homes or commercial/industrial buildings undergoing energy upgrades. In some cases, solar Panels can increase BER ratings and the property value where they are installed.

Ground-Mounted Solar vs. Rooftop Solar PV Panels

When considering solar PV, it’s important to understand the differences between ground-mounted solar panels and rooftop solar panels.

ground mounted solar pv

Ground-Mounted Solar Panels:

These solar panels are installed on the ground, usually in open spaces such as your back garden or a field. They can be mounted on a fixed tilt or designed with a tracking system that follows the sun’s path to maximise energy production throughout the day. Ground-mounted systems are highly efficient and flexible in terms of placement, allowing optimal orientation and tilt.

Roof mounted solar pv

Rooftop Solar Panels:

As the name suggests, these solar panels are installed on the roofs of buildings. They utilise the existing structure of the roof to support the solar panels, making them a popular choice for residential and commercial buildings. Rooftop systems are typically easier and cheaper to install because they don’t require additional structures for support.

Reasons to Choose Rooftop Solar PV

Space Efficiency:
Rooftop solar panels make use of existing roof space, making them ideal for urban environments where open ground space is limited.

Cost-Effective Installation:
Leveraging the existing structure of the roof can reduce the costs associated with building additional support structures.

Aesthetic Integration:
Modern rooftop panels can be integrated into the roof design, maintaining the aesthetic appeal of the property.

Protection of Roof:
Solar panels can also provide an extra layer of protection to the roof from the elements, potentially extending its lifespan.

Reasons to Choose Ground-Mounted Solar Panels

Optimal Placement:
Ground-mounted panels can be placed in optimal locations to capture the maximum amount of sunlight, free from the shading issues that might affect rooftop panels.

They are easier to expand if you need to increase your energy production capacity in the future.

With the option of tracking systems, ground-mounted panels can be more efficient in capturing solar energy throughout the day.

Ground-mounted systems are generally easier to access for cleaning and maintenance, which can enhance their performance and longevity.

Benefits of Solar PV

Investing in solar PV offers a range of significant benefits:

Cost Savings:
Solar PV can dramatically reduce electricity bills, offering savings of potentially thousands each year. Over the lifetime of the system, the financial savings can be substantial.

Energy Independence:
By generating your own electricity, you become less reliant on the grid, providing greater energy security and protection against rising energy prices.

Environmental Impact:
Solar energy is a clean, renewable source of power that reduces carbon emissions, helping to combat climate change and reduce your carbon footprint.

Property Value:
Installing solar panels can increase the value of your property. Energy-efficient homes and buildings are increasingly attractive to buyers and can command higher market prices.

Government Incentives: Various grants and incentives are available to help offset the initial cost of installation. In Ireland, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) offers grants for eligible customers, making the transition to solar energy more affordable.

Low Maintenance:
Solar PV systems require minimal maintenance, especially when installed by qualified professionals like K Higgins Electrical & Solar PV. Routine checks and occasional cleaning are usually sufficient to keep the system running efficiently.

Find out more about Solar PV for your home or business

At K Higgins Electrical & Solar PV, we are committed to helping you transition to renewable energy seamlessly. Whether you’re interested in ground-mounted or rooftop solar panels, our expert team is here to guide you through every step of the process. Contact us today to learn more about available grants and how we can help you achieve energy independence while contributing to a greener future.